I switched to DVDFab 126.96.36.199 to try and get Babylon A.D. to AVI format. That was a bust, and I expect that'll be fixed in a subsequent version.
But that's not why I'm writing... The problem is, this version of DVDFab Platinum is not actually completing its AVI files. I'm using 2-pass recording. Ever since I updated, it seems that every rip I've done to AVI is incomplete. And these are titles that I'd be surprised if they have any protection other than the standard DVD protection...old stuff. But it's across the board on every attempt I've made.
Example of problem: Ripping "The Equalizer" TV Series I just bought, the length of the resultant AVI as shown by Winamp and Windows Explorer details is 48:32. However, it only actually runs to 46:25. It's doing this across the whole series (not the exact times, but truncating them. Well, I say whole series...so far I've only tried the first two discs, but it's consistently short-changing the rips.
"The Music Man" (from a 3-disc collection I got at Amazon) clocks in at 151:24 in Winamp and Windows Explorer, but only runs to 149:17.
"The Happiest Millionaire" clocks in at 172:31 in Winamp and Windows Explorer details, but only runs to 170:26.
More information on this issue just came to my attention. I figured, "What if it's Winamp?" It's really the only player I use. So I just opened a different episode of "The Equalizer" that clocks in at 48:28 in Winamp, Windows Explorer details, and VirtualDub as well. I played it in Winamp and it plays fine through 47:08, then stops. In VirtualDub, it continues--but the sound stream cuts off at 47:08. I tried "The Happiest Millionaire" above and the same issue...subtitles and video continue, but Winamp is cutting out when the audio stream mysteriously go missing (VirtualDub keeps playing the video, but the audio is missing. In the case of something like a TV programme, this is an issue because it's not just credits that go missing.
So basically, DVDFab claims it's converting successfully and completely. In reality, it's ripping all the video and subtitles straight through to the end (just verified on an episode of "The Equalizer", as well as "The Happiest Millionaire", using VirtualDub to analyse them). But the audio stream is just stopping dead. This is causing some players to just stop. Even if it wasn't just Winamp...even if I watched using VirtualDub, the audio going missing for several minutes of dialogue on something without subtitles is kind of a deal-breaker. Even with subtitles it's a deal-breaker, pretty much.
I just checked to be sure (because I usually stop when the credits come on), and all my Battlestar Galactica season 4.0 AVI files play correctly to the very end--but were (I believe, with 99% certainty) ripped using version 188.8.131.52. I think these problems only started when I moved from 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11.
Could the product please be fixed? This is happening across the board to every title, near as I can tell.
My specific settings for conversion are:
Convert to AVI
Fixed File Size 1175MB
Frame Rate: 23.976 (I think this varies by title...this was The Equalizer)
Audio: MP3, 256kbit, volume 100%
Resolution: (varies by title, 640x480 on The Equalizer)
Subtitles: Render Directly to Video
Obviously some of that changes (resolution, framerate) by title. But overall, I'm always doing 2-pass, restricting to that file size, using that audio format, never splitting.
I'm going to try rolling back to 18.104.22.168 and re-ripping some of this stuff to see if I can get complete and decent AVIs out of that version, since my BSG Season 4.0 rips were fine.
Still, the problem needs to be fixed so I can keep upgrading as new versions that handle newer titles are released. I just bought 3 movies last night, and I'm sure at least one of them will have newer protection, case in point.
Please advise? Great product, and I've loved it since we found it. I'm hoping the kinks are ironed out. I see the Mobile engine was rewritten recently, so maybe that's part of it. I've supplied all the info I thought was relevant to the issue. If you need more, please let me know. (The hardware has remained constant...Mad Dog 16x dual layer DVD/RW, Celeron 1.2GHz, 512MB, Windows 2000 SP4.) I'm doubting specific IFO files would even help...like I said, it's -everything- I've ripped in the last week and a half. Get time to sit down and watch it, and...sigh